August 19, 2013 |
Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist, is getting a four-hour miniseries exploring his life on History. The channel announced the miniseries was greenlighted Monday with Oscar winner Adrien Brody set to star as the master performer and "House of Cards'" Kristen Connolly as his wife, Bess. According to History, the miniseries will follow Houdini's entire life, from his beginnings in poverty to his eventual status as internationally famous magician and escape artist. (Fans of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" got a recap of the end of Houdini's life in a recent episode.)
October 12, 2012 |
EXCLUSIVE: A modern Harry Houdini movie has long been a tantalizing possibility for film fans: the elaborate escapes, the trans-Pacific aviation, that (possibly) punching-related death. The last major film about the Euro-born magician came out more than a half-century ago, and it wasn't exactly faithful to his life. But there's new momentum on one of the projects around town about the colorful escape artist. “Houdini,” a movie that Lionsgate's Summit is developing based on a biography called “The Secret Life of Houdini,” has attracted the interest of Golden Globe nominee Joe Wright.
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March 11, 2012 |
If only these stage sorcerers could reach into a black top hat and pull out a home for their magical paraphernalia. Short of cash and abracadabra moments, the Society of American Magicians is struggling to find a public venue for its vast collection of antique stage illusions. After a freak accident forced the closure of the group's Hall of Fame and Magic Museum in Hollywood, the society moved its trove of tricks into a Pico Rivera self-storage center. "We'd love to reopen the museum.
July 8, 2011
ART Pageant of the Masters It's been said that life imitates art, and nowhere is that more true than at this event. The 90-minute show of tableaux vivants is accented by an orchestra, theatrical lighting and live narration. Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 8:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. $15-$100. (800) 487-3378. Foapom.com. 40 Years of Building the Pacific Asia Museum The exhibition offers a rare look at key objects in the museum's collection, many of which are not on regular display.
June 5, 2011
Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini, performs Wednesdays through Sundays. You can find him 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Zingers, 3743 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; before that, he can usually be seen at the Hard Rock Cafe second-floor bar from 8 to 10:30 p.m.; and after 2 a.m. at New York New York's Pour 24. For more information, see his website, http://www.smoothini.com , or find him on Facebook.
June 5, 2011 |
The text message was from Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini. "Abracadabra," it said. Presumably, this was code for "I'm awake, and I'm ready for the interview. " That was the case. But as Las Vegas illusionist-magician-trickster Tomas de la Cruz (a.k.a. "Smoothini") said on the phone a few minutes later, "I have to use that word some time. I don't use it on stage, so I find ways to make 'abracadabra' cool. " He chuckles, but it's clear he's also serious about making abracadabra - or magic - cool.